natemeyer.ca is on a new VPS!

Previously.. natemeyer.ca was hosted by Hostgator, on a shared server. I have no idea what software was being used, how many resources I was getting, who else was on my shared plan, etc, etc. A lot of unknowns. This type of hosting can get fairly slow depending on how much the website is serving.

I decided to give a unmanaged, VPS a try. I went with http://www.linode.com. I have my own CPU core, with a fixed amount of memory, and a nice quick SSD drive. I installed Ubuntu 14.04, then used the control panel virtualmin, which installs all my servers and services.

I hope natemeyer.ca will load a little faster for people coming for Ontarioparks reviews!

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First Coyote Hunt of 14/15 season

Not sure I would really call this a Coyote hunt.. more of a walk through the fields. I did bring my rifle, and calls, but wasn’t really serious about the hunt. I really just wanted to go for a walk, and did just that. A few calls were made, but saw nothing. Good times tho!

Below is my tracks. Some of it is driving of course.. but you can see the spots where I walked through the field, and along the hedge row.

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Couple more Sat morning pics..

The corn is starting to come off the fields, so the country views are really starting to open up… that means Coyote hunting soon! Actually.. I think I might get out for a Coyote hunt this Saturday.

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I also discovered Google My Tracks. I’ve been wanting to track where I’ve explored, or driven for a while now. I’ve used my Garman GPS60, but the interface, and loading it into Google Maps has kinda been a pain. So I searched around, and discovered Google My tracks. Here’s my tracks for last Saturday

Halloween at Pinery Provincial Park – 2014

Overall, we had a great weekend!  We missed it last year, but were present in 2012.  Earlier this year, I walked through the park and found a site that we would eventually book for Halloween 2014.  We booked site 730, because in 2012, this whole row was FULL of trick-or-treaters, and decorated campsites.  This year was a little different, more on that later.

We arrived early on the Friday, and relaxed for the day.  We had some friends come up later on in the evening, had a nice campfire, then went down for the night.  Saturday we were up nice and early decorating our site.  It took the majority of the morning, and early afternoon.  We were going with a typical Halloween theme.  Red lights, scary decorations, scary music, etc, etc.  I think we did a good job using the various decorations we had.

Here’s the one thing that got me slightly upset.  I’ll admit, I did vent about it for a while.  On Friday evening, and Saturday morning, we started to see trucks, with large trailers pull into our row, back their trailer into the site, then proceed to walk away.  I saw this happen 3-4 times with the sites all around us.  I started to wonder where these people were going, and how come they haven’t decorated, or even occupied their site.  Turns out they were grouping up with other families, to decorate one campsite collectively.  This is great and all, because the site was decorated awesomely.  The problem is, our row went from the most popular row in 2012, to a dark, inhabited row this year.  We were the only site on our whole row that was decorated.  We did receive a healthy number of children, but I wonder how many didn’t bother coming down our row, because they thought nothing was going on here.  If you’re going to leave your campsite vacant, to group elsewhere, maybe pick a site that’s not in the center of the park, where it’s generally supposed to be busy.  VENT OVER.

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